La di Motte Pinot Grigio 2009
Origin: Fossalta di Piave, Italy
Blend: Pinot Grigio (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Synthetic Cork
Purchase Date: August 2011
Purchase Price: $9.99 (750ml bottle)
Our review: Medium gold in color, this wine has aromas of tree fruit, tropical fruit and very slightly of bananas, with hints of honey and spice. Smooth, almost creamy, on the palate with an initial tingling sensation on the tongue, the dominant flavor is one of spicy cider with a nice balance to the acidity. The finish is very brief and unremarkable.
Our rating: Almost everything about this wine, from the color to its slightly smoky character, suggests it was cellared in oak, but according to the website, this wine experienced no oak aging. Not expecting this, we mispaired it, serving this wine with a light meal of cold turkey sandwiches and a crisp green salad when we think it would probably best be served with something more along the lines of a fully dressed Thanksgiving dinner. Unlike most any other Italian version of this varietal that we've had recently, we're not sure if it is typical or not — it's certainly unusual based on our experience — but in the end we rather enjoyed it and that's all that probably matters. We rate it Above Average.
Taste profile from the winemaker: Straw yellow colour with lively highlights. Soft on the palate with well-balanced acidity. This wine has an elegant bouquet, typical varietal aromas with hints of hay.
Winery website: La di Motte. The bottle image, taken from the winery website, shows a green bottle. Our was brown, but otherwise identical.